Family Caregiver Tips in Charlotte, NC
There are probably numerous potential hazards that surround the senior in your life on a regular basis. As people get older their body begins to change. One of those changes can include physical limitations. When you’re talking about any type of senior home safety, it’s important to understand the elderly individual’s physical capabilities and limitations.
For example, your aging father may very well want to remain as independent as possible and tries to do as much as he can around the house, including taking care of the lawn, but if he has less strength in his legs it’s going to make it much more challenging for him to get up and down the stairs in a safe and healthy manner.
If he takes a bad step, doesn’t lift his leg as high as he needs to for the foot the clear the next step, he could catch his foot on the front of that step, lose his balance, and fall forward. Falling ‘up’ the stairs may not seem as though it can cause serious injuries, but it can.
Because seniors have less strength in their legs and arms as they used to, and will continue to lose strength each passing year, a simple slip going up the stairs can ultimately result in falling back down the stairs as well. Even for many seniors, their bones are not as strong as they used to be and a minor fall up those stairs can lead to broken arms, legs, ankle injuries, knee sprains, and possibly even a broken hip, among other potential injuries.
Whenever a senior lives in a house with stairs, whether it leads up to the bedrooms or down into a basement, it’s a good idea to seriously consider the prospect of stair lifts. Even if the elderly individual feels that stair lifts would be an insult to them because they are still capable of getting around on their own, they don’t need to be used except when they feel a bit less comfortable or steady on their feet.
Encouraging a senior to install stair lifts doesn’t have to be as challenging as it may sound. They are affordable and a far better option to at least allow the senior to choose to use it or not because it’s there to allow them to continue going up and down stairs while feeling unsteady, a little weaker one day than another, or facing other physical challenges at that moment.
If you or your loved one could benefit from the help of home care in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas, contact the caregivers at Golden Heart Senior Care. Experience the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you’re in Caring Hands with Golden Heart! Call (704) 246-5806 for more information.
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